ISBN-10:
0761946535
ISBN-13:
2900761946532
Pub. Date:
09/10/2003
Publisher:
SAGE Publications
Research and Evaluation Methods in Special Education / Edition 1

Research and Evaluation Methods in Special Education / Edition 1

by Donna M. Mertens
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ISBN-13: 2900761946532
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Publication date: 09/10/2003
Series: 1-Off Series
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 296
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)

About the Author

Donna M. Mertens is Professor Emeritus, Department of Education, at Gallaudet University. She taught research methods and program evaluation to deaf and hearing students at the MA and PhD levels for over 30 years. She now teaches courses and professional development workshops around the world.

She conducts research and evaluation studies on such topics as improvement of special education services in international settings, planning for the inclusion of students with disabilities in neighborhood schools, enhancing the educational experiences of students with disabilities, preventing sexual abuse in residential schools for deaf students, improving access to the court systems for deaf and hard-of-hearing people, and improving the preparation of teachers of the deaf through appropriate use of instructional technology. Her research focuses on improving methods of inquiry by integrating the perspectives of those who have experienced oppression in our society. She draws on the writings of feminists, racial and ethnic minorities, and people with disabilities, as well as Indigenous peoples who have addressed the issues of power and oppression and their implications for research methodology.

Dr. Mertens has made numerous presentations at the meetings of the American Educational Research Association, American Evaluation Association, Australasian Evaluation Society, Association for College Educators of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, International Sociological Association, Mixed Methods International Research Association, American Psychological Association, African Evaluation Association, Canadian Evaluation Society, Visitors Studies Association, and other organizations that explore these themes. She served as president and board member of the American Evaluation Association from 1997 to 2002 and as a member of the Board of Trustees for the International Organization for Cooperation in Evaluation, 2002–2003. She served as editor for the Journal of Mixed Methods Research 2009-2014.

Her publications include four edited volumes, Indigenous Pathways to Social Research (coedited with Fiona Cram and Bagele Chilisa, 2013), Handbook of Social Research Ethics (coedited with Pauline Ginsberg, 2009), Creative Ideas for Teaching Evaluation (1989), and Research and Inequality (coedited with Carole Truman and Beth Humphries, 2000), and several authored books, including Mixed Methods Design in Evaluation (2018), Program Evaluation: A Comprehensive Guide (2nd ed.) (with Amy Wilson, 2018), Transformative Research and Evaluation (2009), Research and Evaluation Methods in Special Education (coauthored with John McLaughlin, 2004), and Parents and Their Deaf Children (coauthored with Kay Meadow-Orlans and Marilyn Sass Lehrer, 2003). She also publishes many chapters and articles in edited volumes, encyclopedias, handbooks, and journals, such as Journal of Mixed Methods Research, Qualitative Social Work, Eye on Psi Chi, Educational Researcher, International Journal of Mixed Methods Research, New Directions for Program Evaluation, American Journal of Evaluation, American Annals of the Deaf, Studies in Educational Evaluation, and Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis.


Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
About the Authors
1. Introduction
Questions and Activities for Application and Discussion
2. Program Evaluation
Questions and Activities for Application and Discussion
3. Literature Review
Purposes of the Literature Review
Resources to Support the Literature Review
Reporting the Literature Review Method
Aggregating Information for a Literature Review
The Integrated Literature Review
Questions to Critically Analyze the Literature Review
Questions and Activities for Application and Discussion
4. Quantitative Research Methods: Questions of Impact
Philosophical Assumptions Associated With Quantitative Research
Questions and Activities for Application and Discussion
5. Other Quantitative Approaches: Casual Comparative, Correlational, Single Case, and Survey Research
Causal Comparative and Correlational Research
Questions for Critically Analyzing Causal Comparative and Correlational Research
Questions for Critically Anaylzing Single-Case Designs
Survey Research
Questions for Critically Analyzing Survey Research
Questions and Activities for Application and Discussion
6. Qualitative Methods
Definition and Characteristics of Qualitative Methods
Importance of Qualitative Methods in Special Education Research
Philosophical Assumptions and Methodological Implications in Special Education Research
Qualitative Methods and Data Collection Strategies
Critically Analyzing Qualitative Research
Questions for Critically Analyzing Qualitative Research
Questions and Activities for Application and Discussion
7. Mixed Methods and Mixed Model Designs
Definitions and Characteristics
Questions and Activities for Application and Discussion
8. Identification and Selection of Research Participants
Population and Sample Definition
Designing and Selecting Samples
Generalizability, External Validity, and Transferability
Ethics and Confidentiality
Questions for Critically Analyzing Sample Design and Implementation
Questions and Activities for Application and Discussion
9. Information Collection
The Purpose of Information Collection
Technical Adequacy of Data Collection Instruments
Selecting and Using a Measurement Device
Questions for Critically Analyzing Information Collection Strategies and Instruments
Questions and Activities for Application and Discussion
10. Data Analysis, Interpretation, and Use
Quantitative Data Anaylsis
Challenges in Analysis and Interpretation
Responses to Analysis and Interpretation Challenges
Qualitative Data Analysis and Interpretation
Reporting Research
Beyond Reporting: Using Research Results
Questions for Critically Analyzing Data Analysis and Interpretation
Questions and Activities for Discussion and Application
Appendices
1. Federal Definitions for Individuals with Disabilities
2. Data Sources from Extant Data Bases
3. Definitions of Statistical Terms
4. Funding Resources
5. Proposal Outline
References
Index

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